Hotels in California
Understandably, hotels in California range in quality, price and ambiance. The state is vast, and California hotels include world-class luxurious suites, ridiculously chic boutique hotels, charming bed & breakfasts, budget motels and campgrounds.
Visitors who are looking to go the luxury route should consider staying in Los Angeles. Some of the best hotels in California are located in the "City of Angels," including iconic establishments such as the Beverly Hills Hotel, Hotel Bel Air, and the Chateau Marmont, which boasts a full-service spa, poolside cocktails and has long been the hotel-of-choice for Hollywood’s elite.
Travelers searching for more budget-friendly hotels in California should consider looking outside the state’s urban centers, where prices tend to be higher. Instead, look for bed & breakfasts in any number of the quaint village’s the dot the state’s coast and interior. Camping is also an option, as California boasts some of the United States’ most naturally beautiful state parks, including Yosemite where visitors can either bring their own equipment or reserve a tent.
Healdsburg’s historic downtown got a big dose of modern chic when this hotel opened in 2002, right on the main square.
On a prime swath of Los Angeles real estate, this Spanish-style 201-room hotel mixes old-Hollywood touches with modern glam. Mediterranean elements skip from star lanterns and hand-painted tiles to lacy grillwork and brawny furniture with dark wood frames and nailhead trim.
Many of the 28 basic rooms, set among palms and gardens, have wood-burning fireplaces and ocean views. Continental breakfast is served every morning on a pretty patio.
Opened in 2008, The Resort at Pelican Hill redefined the upscale Orange County enclave of Newport Beach as a world-class destination.
"The airport stay is now officially cool," claims this 1960's-style boutique hotel not far from LAX and the beaches (3 ½ and 1 ½ miles away, respectively).
A private enclave of cottages and villas right on the shore, the Beach Village at the Hotel del Coronado is a hotel within a hotel, and the newest part of the 120-year-old resort.
Located in one of the city’s premier shopping districts, the inviting hotel features a fitness center, pool, and homey English pub.
The property offers 12 sweet, 1950s-style redwood cabins (with the “rustic” furniture straight out of the Drapers’ kitchen in Mad Men).
A Tuscan-style villa in Napa with two guest cottages, a boccie court, indoor and outdoor pizza ovens, walking trails, a small chapel, and a sweeping view of southern Napa Valley, including San Pablo Bay and Mount Diablo.
A dramatic $30 million renovation in 2005 wrapped this onetime celebrity favorite in a hip new Dodd Mitchell design (while retaining much of the building’s vintage hand-crafted woodwork), bringing it back to vibrant life.
The first modern boutique resort to open in Napa Valley—back in 1985—is still one of the area’s best.
One of Catalina Island's first luxury hotels, Snug Harbor Inn, was built in 1997. Its six Cape Cod-themed rooms have views of Avalon Bay, and are named after California's Channel Islands. Rooms have hardwood floors, granite bathrooms, Jacuzzi tubs, and fireplaces.